IOWA MURAL SPEAKS! EVENT

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On April 20th at Cornell College students and faculty gathered to translate the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” (William Carlos Williams) into some of the many languages spoken in the urban Midwest, including German, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish. This effort is another in support of my on-going Mural Speaks! project born at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2014.

MURAL SPEAKS! UPDATE: 114th TRANSLATION GATHERED

An Edison Elementary School student in Sioux Falls last week submitted a pair of translations (French and Kirundi) to my effort to raise awareness about the diversity of the urban Midwest by gathering versions of the William Carlos Williams poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” in each of the 140 plus languages spoken in South Dakota’s largest city.

Translators around the world, of all ages and skill levels, are welcome to participate in this public art project designed to build community across boundaries of many sorts—regional, social, economic, generational.

For more information contact me at: muralspeaks@gmail.com.

TRANSLATIONS STILL NEEDED

European: Croatian. African: Acholi, Afar, Akan, Avokaya, Baki, Bari, Bassa, Bhojpuri, Burundi, Creole, Didinga, Erapice, Fulani, Grego, Gurage, Hiadi, Jur, Kabila, Kikiyu, Kisio, Krahn, Krash, Kuku, Lango, Lakoka, Lango, Luganda, Madi, Mai Mai or Bantu, Mandinka, Mawo, Mondari, Moru, Murule, Ndogo, Nubiar, Nuer, Nyambara, Nyangwana, Oduk, Ogoni, Pojulu, Rafica, Ruel, Rwanda, Shilluk, Sholuk, Tekamah, Toknath, Toposa, Wolof or Senegal, Zande. Asian: Azeri, Bhutanese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Dari, Gujarati, Lergdie, Manderine Chinese, Nepali, Oriya. Central and South American: Kiche, Mam, Mayan. North American: Ojibwe or Chippawa, Dakota, Nakota, Navajo, Omaha, Ponca, Winnebago.

COLLECTED TRANSLATIONS

KEY: NSF = language not yet spoken in Sioux Falls; (#) = number of translation versions received so far

European: Albanian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Belarusian, Czech (NSF), Estonian (2), Dutch (NSF), Swedish (NSF), Finnish (NSF), French (5), German (4), Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian (2), Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian (2), Montenegrin (NSF), Polish, Romanian (2), Russian (3), Serbian, Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Spanish (3), Slovak, Ukranian.

 African: Afrikaans, Amharic (2), Anayuak, Arabic, Dinka, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi (2), Kiswahili, Kunama, Lingala, Igbo or Ibo (2), Nyanja, Oromo, Somali, Swahili (2), Tigrinya, Turkish, Xhosa (2: NSF), Zulu.

 Asian: Armenian (Hayeren or Armenim), Azerbaijan, Bangla, Chinese, Farsi or Persian, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese (2), Kazakh, Khmer, Korean (4), Kurdish, Lao, Malay (2), Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Sinhala (NSF), Tagala, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu (2), Vietnamese (2), Zhongwen of China

 Central and South American: Castellano of Chile, Portuguese (4), Quechua

 North American, 1: English, Lakota

 Other (4): Hebrew, American Sign Language, Esperanto, International Phonetic Alphabet

Total number of Sioux Falls languages covered, excluding duplicates: 24 Euro, 19 African, 24 Asian, 3 CSAm, 2 NAm, 4 Other—76 TOTAL 

Total number of translations gathered, including duplicates and NSF: 114

Language List Source: Sioux Falls Multi-Cultural Center, based on registrations for driver’s training, programs at the center and additional research.